## Adjustable voltage regulator (TC1174 device) questions

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Hi,

I am planning to use the TC1174 to regulate a 5V down to 3.6V. Please see the attached schematic.

Vin = 5V and max. 500mA can ne drawn from this Vin.
Vout = 3.6V and max 300mA (TC1174's max current output) can be drawn from Vout.

The max power (worst case) out is:

Pout = VI = 3.6V * 300mA = 3.6 * 0.3 = 1.08W

Note that I will adjust R2 accordingly to get a Vout = 3.6V.

My question is: Is 1/2W resistor rating for R1 and R2 enough, since there is current divider going through the Vout and the resistors?

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If R1and 2 are 470k, then what current is flowing through them? Then calculate the wattage W= V*I. Have a read of ohms law and you'll not have to ask this question again.

Short answer- half watt will be more than suffient.

Kartman wrote:
If R1and 2 are 470k, then what current is flowing through them? Then calculate the wattage W= V*I. Have a read of ohms law and you'll not have to ask this question again.

Short answer- half watt will be more than suffient.

I think you simplify it too much there. At least two KCL loops, R1 with the cap, and one KCL loop on R2, thus, my asking.

On the contrary, i think you're not considering the direction of the currents and the voltages involved. How much voltage is required across a 470k resistor in order to disipate 0.5 W?

Vout is essentially a DC value. Once C1 has charged, it plays no further part in power dissipation in the circuit.
The adj terminal is a high impedance input. The current into and out of it is also essentially zero.
R1 and R2 form a voltage divider from Vout to ground, with essentially no other path for the current to flow. Calculating voltages, currents, and power dissipation is a simple Ohms law and power law problem.

Consider, as others have suggested, how much voltage across a 470K resistor is needed to dissipate 0.5W. Then, ask yourself what the largest voltage is in your circuit? Is there any way to exceed this voltage even if it is turned on with all capacitors discharged?

I think you will find that 0.5W resistors are really quite excessive. I think that you will find that even 100mW resistors are more than sufficient.

Also, not quite sure of where you get the idea of "current divider" in the output. In the sense that the term "current divider" is normally defined, I don't see any.

Jim

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